INDIANAPOLIS, IN (NorthernSun.org) – The first NCAA Volleyball Regional Rankings have been released and the NSIC has six of the top ten teams in the central region. Minnesota Duluth is second followed by Concordia-St. Paul in third, Northern State in fourth and St. Cloud State in fifth. Wayne State is ninth while Winona State is tenth in the first of three rankings.
The NSIC, the Mid-America Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Great American Conference (GAC) make up the 39-team NCAA Central Region. The top eight teams in the region will advance to the NCAA region tournament on December 5-7. Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the MIAA, GAC and NSIC postseason tournaments, with the remaining five spots awarded on an at-large basis.
The NCAA Volleyball selection show will be streamed online on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 6:30p on NCAA.com.
The championship quarterfinals, semifinals, and final match will take place Thursday-Saturday, December 12-14, at the Auraria Event Center in Denver, hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Rank School (Conf) In-Reg DII Rec
1 Nebraska-Kearney (MIAA) 23-0 24-0
2 Minnesota Duluth (NSIC) 17-2 20-3
3 Concordia-St. Paul (NSIC) 15-3 19-4
4 Northern State (NSIC) 20-3 20-3
5 St. Cloud State (NSIC) 14-4 19-4
6 Washburn (MIAA) 18-2 22-2
7 Central Missouri (MIAA) 14-5 18-7
8 Northwest MO State (MIAA) 16-6 18-6
9 Wayne State (NSIC) 15-5 19-5
10 Winona State (NSIC) 11-5 18-5